My initial interest for mounting an antenna on the bike was to do on-bike radio support (I am a licensed ham radio operator) for charity bicycle rides.
First Generation Setup – October 2012
I started with a Comet SBB5 antenna. It does not require a ground plane, giving me more flexibility with mounting options. I used a Minoura saddle mount bottle cage holder, but flipped it upside down. That gave a flat surface for mounted an aluminum plate. Then I drilled a 5/8″ hold and mounted a Diamond C101 cable assembly. Continue reading →
Picking up the story where we last left off (again), I leased a new modem from my DSL provider, and after installation my service immediately returned to full speed. Problem solved! Until a snowstorm came to town, then my connection dropped to dial up speeds. The speeds never returned to normal even after we dried out from the storm.
So on a Sunday night, I packed my bags, and headed up to the cabin. I would stay up there until the problem was fixed. Good thing I work from home and have a Verizon Jetpack Mifi to connect to the Internet (for short term use, not a viable long term solution due to data caps!). Continue reading →
Yeah, I know 2013 isn’t over yet. But I feel inspired to update my blog, so better early than never on the 2013 update.
By the numbers, 2013 was a lousy year. About 1500 miles on the bike and 180 on the run. And 500 of those 1500 miles were part of my bicycle trip down the Oregon coast. But the year was better than what the numbers by themselves would say. Continue reading →
So our story picks up after where we last left off in the DSL saga at the cabin. Residents in town were waiting for many months (a couple of years actually) for additional DSL capacity, since there are no other viable internet alternatives. Then last September, I was finally able to upgrade from 1.0 Mbps to 3.0 Mbps!
But when I last posted, I didn’t have any long term experience as to how the speed upgrade worked out. Since then, I noticed that my Speedstream 4100 modem would lose sync frequently. I thought that might have been due to EMF interference from the UPS being too close. Continue reading →
Today marks the two year anniversary of working from home for a small consulting firm, after leaving the Fortune 500 where I started after college and stayed 20+ years.
Of course, I can’t delve too much into specifics here, but it was a good move (for me) that’s worked out. Though to grossly oversimplify, I can say that the big firm tended to chase the big projects which are increasingly being executed overseas, while the little firm is able to get little projects based in the US that are too little to farm out. Continue reading →
I was going to write a blog post about the horrible customer service I received from my web hosting provider. But then this post EXACTLY mirrored my situation. Like that poster, I originally signed up with that provider before it was acquired. They were overselling a service which, after repeated times back and forth with their support console and a chat session, turned out to be vaporware. They finally admitted to that when I demanded a refund for that upgrade. Continue reading →
Here’s another in an ongoing series of posts not only for my five blog followers but so I can remember some technical thing I’ve done when I need to do it again five years from now.
My router (“Router 1″) which takes the connection from the DSL modem is located in a terrible place for whole house wireless coverage. So I have a second router (“Router 2″) in a location to provide wireless coverage to the rest of the house, connected to the first router via an ethernet cable. Both routers have the wireless set to the same SSID and password, but different channels. Continue reading →
After months (years?) of paying for 1.0 Mbps DSL (and usually getting slower speeds), I was finally able to to upgrade to 3.0 Mbps!
One minor hiccup would be my connection type changing from DHCP to PPPoE. I remotely make the necessary changes to the router configuration (basically just the PPPoE username and password) in advance of the change, so that my service wouldn’t be interrupted. But then on 12:06AM of the day of the service change, I lost my internet connection. I figured it must have had to do with the changeover, maybe the modem needed to be power cycled, or something like that. So I had to make an unplanned visit to the cabin this weekend to get things working. Continue reading →
As I mentioned in my previous post, for the new cabin thermostat, I finally settled on the same thermostat I have at home, the Radio Thermostat CT-30, with a list price of about $140. (Actually, I have the rebranded 3M Filtrete 3M-50, which is the same thing, but for $100 – though I picked it up on sale for $80.) Installation was quite simple, the two wires from the millivolt floor furnace went to the RH and W terminals, while the two wires from the 24 VAC transformer (sold separately, and needed when using wifi) went to the RH and C terminals. The previous owners of the cabin even had some leftover wood stain which I was able to use, so you can’t see the bare wood where the old thermostat used to be! Continue reading →
Since 2007, I’ve been using a Proliphix NT20e thermostat to remotely turn on and off the thermostat at the mountain cabin. It’s great for warming up the cabin in advance of our arrival. But now I’ve been looking for a replacement thermostat, here’s the story why…. Continue reading →